Oneida First Nation and other communities left out of federal clean water promise: Grand Chief –

Oneida Nation of the Thames falls through the cracks of the federal government’s commitment to safe drinking water for First Nations communities, according to the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) Grand Chief Joel Abram.

He and other AIAI nation representatives have been lobbying in Ottawa this week for a different set of criteria that determines whether a community gets public money: one that Abram says doesn’t focus on remedying only “the worst of the worst.”

The government added nearly 250 more drinking water systems to their commitment last week, meaning they’ll provide financial support to end 91 long-term drinking water advisories on First Nations communities throughout Canada by March 2021.

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